YORK, Pa. – The York College student-athletes made history as the Capital Athletic Conference released its All-Academic Team on Tuesday.
For the first time ever, York led the CAC with the highest percentage of student-athlete selections to the All-Academic Team, in addition to also having the highest total number of selections in the conference.
York paced the conference with a record-setting 224 student-athletes selected to the All-Academic Team, which calculated out to 61.5% (224 of 364) of the student-athletes earning a spot on the squad. The total number of selections surpassed York's old record of 202 from last year, while the percentage jumped up 8.8% from last year's mark of 52.7%.
This year marks the seventh time the Spartans have led the CAC in total number of selections dating back to the 2006-07 academic year and just the first time they have led in the percentage category. York ended the eight-year run by St. Mary's for the highest percentage of student-athletes on the All-Academic Team. The Spartans have never finished below second in total number of student-athletes in the lengthy history of the All-Academic Team and have never finished below third in student-athlete percentage.
To earn a spot on the All-Academic team, student-athletes in one or more CAC championship sports must attain a 3.20 grade point average (GPA) for the academic year. A total of 44.4% of CAC student-athletes posted a 3.20 GPA this year (1,384 of 3,120).
York's 224 total selections trumped second-place Salisbury with 183 selections. The Spartans held another sizeable advantage in the percentage column as their 61.5% surpassed the 53.7% posted by St. Mary's who finished second among the 10 full member institutions in the conference.
The 2015-16 academic year has been one filled with milestone academic success. For the first time in school history, all 22 varsity teams finished with a team GPA of over a 3.0. Spartan student-athletes combined to post a cumulative GPA of 3.26 for the spring semester, while the cumulative Spartan GPA for the 2015-16 was 3.24, the highest in school history.
The Spartan athletic department had 306 of 423 athletes earn Athletic Honor Roll accolades during the fall semester while 290 of 395 athletes earned a spot on the spring Athletic Honor Roll. For the year, 293 student-athletes out of 395 earned a 3.0 or above in 2015-16.